|Penn Center Honors UNC for care of Penn School papers|
|Monday, May 07, 2012|
The Penn Center of St. Helena Island, S.C., has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a member of its 1862 Circle. The center presented the award April 29 to recognize the University’s stewardship of the Penn School papers at the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.
The Penn School began in 1862 as an experimental program to educate and provide services to thousands of African Americans who had been freed by U.S. troops early in the Civil War. The center today preserves and serves as a resource for the history, culture and environment of the Sea Islands.
The center deposited the Penn School papers with the Southern Historical Collection in 1962. The collection contains more than 32,000 letters, journals, and official documents from the school’s history.
As part of its citation to UNC, the Penn Center recognized the ongoing active partnership that it maintains with UNC. As a result of these efforts, more than 10,000 pages of the Penn School Papers are now available online through the Southern Historical Collection at http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=descri&CISOROOT=/03615&CISOBOX1=03615.